A’Court brings A-game


Michele A’Court thinks it’s “wrong” to have expectations of her stand-up comedy show Stuff I Forgot to Tell My Daughter.

“It’s a comedy show so they [the audience] should just come and enjoy a comedy show,” she says.

A’Court is bringing it to Vinyl Underground this Saturday. The name says it all.

The Aucklander’s repertoire covers all the conversations she forgot to have with her daughter before she left home in 2012.

From alcohol, drugs, sex and feminism to how to stop your tights snagging.

“I was walking round the house thinking ‘have I talked about this? Have I done this?’ So that built up momentum like a snowball and I said ‘okay, that needs to be a show’.”

There’s also a “radio moment” where everyone listens to a pre-recorded song by music veteran and When The Cat’s Away band member Debbie Harwood.

A’Court’s show attracts a broad audience, from 16-year-olds to 85-year-olds. 

“It depends on the town really,” she says.

Queenstown is somewhat her town — A’Court started her stand-up career here in the early 1990s.

She did her first tour in 1992, with two other Queenstowners, while pregnant with her daughter. She hasn’t stopped touring since.

Although she remembers Queenstown as a lot quieter than what it is today her love for the place hasn’t changed.

“It’s still essentially the most beautiful town in New Zealand.”

A recent crest of the comedian’s colourful career came in 2010, when she won comedienne of the decade at the New Zealand Comedy Awards.

A’Court has what she calls “twin passions” for both stand-up comedy and writing.

Fittingly, there is a print version of Stuff I Forgot to Tell My Daughter based on the show.

Her daughter, Holly, the show’s subject, has seen it many times and A’Court reckons she loves it.

At the start of the show there are slides about Holly’s life which Holly herself created.

A’Court adores the response she gets from people after they’ve watched her.

“The way that it resonates with people is just so satisfying because you know that’s what comedy is about; talking specifically about your experience and finding out that you’re not alone.” 

She hopes that people leave feeling delighted and entertained, and they see the world slightly differently. 

Michele A’Court brings Stuff I Forgot to Tell My Daughter to Vinyl Underground this Saturday, 7.30pm-9pm. Tickets $24 through Eventfinda. R18.